Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Bindra steps in to support Dravid and Chappell

By John Cheeran
This is something interesting. Inderjit Singh Bindra, the man who made Kapil Dev cry on BBC, by raising the match-fixing issue, has come to support the beleaguered the Indian team captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell.
Indian media, especially the television media, is so peeved at Indian team's exit from the World Cup that they have whipped up hysteria over the World Cup debacle.
And the man who is leading the witch hunt against Dravid and Chappell is Kapil Dev, who had signed a two-crore worth deal with India Today Group for his exclusive thoughts on the World Cup. Of course with India's exit even Kapil Dev stands to lose as an expert.
And Bindra could not have watched this farce go on.
Bindra, who is a former BCCI president, has lambasted media speculation that the board had already decided to sack both Chappell and Dravid. The BCCI has called former captains Sunil Gavsakar, Ravi Shastri for a brainstorming session on April 6 and 7 that will also hear Chappell's views on the team's dismal show in the World Cup.
Let me quote Bindra on the media trial of Dravid and Chappell.
"We are all disappointed but I can promise you there will be no knee-jerk reaction," Bindra said .
"We will hear both Chappell and Dravid and see how best we can find a long-term solution. By making sweeping changes we are not going to improve Indian cricket overnight."
"The meeting next week has been called to essentially extend our support to the team in this hour of despair," Bindra said. "We are appalled at the manner in which the media, especially TV channels, has reacted to the team's early exit, and the BCCI cannot just sit back and allow the players to be torn apart in public."
"The team never claimed it would come back with the World Cup. To suit their commercial interests, some of these TV channels first created unprecedented hype and now have been behaving in a regrettable manner."

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